An article in the journal “The Lancet Planetary Health” has claimed that two out of every three deaths occur due to air pollution in India each year. The study blames corruption from various sources for most of these deaths globally and shows a 55% rise in the number of people killed from the dirty air from automobiles and industry since 2000. They analyze the data on global mortality rates and find that pollution-related disease is increasing by 7%.
The US ranked 7th, with 142,883 deaths blamed on pollution in 2019. Immediately after Bangladesh and Ethiopia, it is sandwiched between these two countries.
Known for its large population and significant economic growth, China has struggled with pollution.
According to a new study, pollution worldwide kills about the same number of people a year as cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke.
According to Philip Landrigan, director of the Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory at Boston College, the death certificates don’t mention pollution as the cause of death, even though health issues like heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and diabetes are “tightly correlated” with pollution.
In India, the New Delhi air pollution is highest in the winter months, reaching 25 times. This has been the case for 4 years, and this was the first time in four years that Delhi ever had a clean Earth Day, a celebration of environmental change.
Air pollution continues to be a leading cause of death in South Asia, which is not anything new. Still, these deaths mean that toxic emissions from vehicles and energy production are rising, said Anumita Roychowdhury, a director at the advocacy group Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi.
“The population problem is worst in areas of the world where there are more people and economic resources to address the pollution problem are limited,” said Dan Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute. He wasn’t part of the study.